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Coaching on the right track at Woodbank

- 7th Mar 2018
All’s coming right for coaching at Woodbank Park

Anna Silvander and Andy Heyes both won national indoor titles

All’s coming right for coaching at Woodbank Park now that the new facilities are open and none more so than the senior pair of Anna Silvander and Andy Heyes both of which belong to the locally based New Balance residential training system for international and aspiring athletes which often encompasses the track and field facilities along with the surrounding park area when the rains ease off a bit.

Anna Silvander, a new Stockport Harrier member added international spice to the proceedings by participating in the Swedish national championships in Gavle and was sparkling with delight in taking the senior indoor national title in the 1500 metres event whilst her locally coached colleague Andy Heyes, who is a first claim club member for Hallamshire and second claim for the local club, took the honours in the Spar British athletics indoor championships.

Those honours consisted of the gold championship medal in the men’s 3 kilometres which took fifteen laps of the indoor circuit to grind down the opposition and to stop the clock in a new personal best time of 7:54:81 to second placed Philip Seseman of Blackheath’s time of 7:55:71 and both Silvander and Heyes are being coached to the highest level under the tutelage and guidance of Stockport international and former English cross country champion Steve Vernon.

Coaching is also going great guns for Stockport’s Rio paralympic bronze medallist Andy Small who is in the T33 wheelchair classification for sprints and particularly over his specialist distance of 100 metres.

He’s upping his training regime and is off to the Middle East along with his coach Rick Hoskins to participate in both the IPC Grand Prix meeting in Dubai and will be immediately following this up with a tilt at similar distances in the nearby Sharjah open athletics event.

This will set him up nicely for other major events to follow being the IPC Swiss national games at Notwill, near Lucerne in May and the main season’s target being the IPC European championships which will be taking place in Berlin during August.

The ‘Crazy Legs’ organised Stockport trail half marathon saw over 400 intrepid competitors taking off from Rose Hill, Marple for some hard and fast racing along the Middlewood way with first back to the finish (1:18:30) for the 13+ mile course being Nicholas Barber of Hallamshire who denied local runner Stephen Crook of Stockport Harriers by just 24 seconds to finish second in 1:18:54 and for the ladies it was a fantastic win for Caitlin Rice of Ribble valley Harriers who crossed the finish line in a scintillating time of 1:29:51 for which many of her male counterparts would have been happy to settle for.

First Stockport lady to complete the course was Michela Stepto in 107th place in a fine time of 1:46:35 whilst the second and third men to finish for Stockport Harriers were Tony Potts, 8th in 1:23:19 and crossing the line in 1:27:53 for an overall position of 19th was Nathan Mayo.

Men's 12 / Women's 6 Stage Road Relays

- 5th Mar 2018

Men's 12 Stage and Women's 6 Stage Road Relay Championships

25th March Wirral

Are you interested in representing Stockport Harriers at the above?

This is a prestige championships race with some of the top clubs taking part.

We need more Stockport Harriers' men and women to join our teams but the response so far has been very poor.

Please contact alexis [dot] dinsmor [at] ntlworld [dot] com (Alexis Dinsmor) if you are free on the 25th, transport can be arranged. 

Press secretary required

- 25th Jan 2018

Sue Garrone who has been undertaking sterling work since September will be leaving the area sometime in the spring so a replacement person is sought.

All assistance will be given and relief articles in the Stockport Express from time to time during holiday times can usually be covered by myself.

It would be a pity to loose the continuity with so much publicity in the Stockport Express each week so please contact myself at peter [dot] powell [at] mypostoffice [dot] co [dot] uk and all the information can be supplied and talked about.

May suit a retired / semi retired person or someone going into media communications or public relations.

Winter Race Series Update

- 10th Jan 2018

With ten of the races in the series now completed there are quite a few athletes in contention for the cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

In the men’s table, Iain Murdoch is leading at the moment with 75 points, but not far behind is Steve Shaughnessy with 60 points and Nick Roberts with 50 points.

Steve Brown and Andy Mainwaring are just behind Nick on 45 points and then we have a bit of a tussle with George Cooke, Paul Corner, Kevan Garner, Gary Richardson and Michael Tipper on 40 points.

In the ladies’ table Alexis Dinsmor is leading with 60 points, but not far behind is Fiona Cooke on 50 points and Rebecca Brimage on 45 points.

Rachael Blight, Ruth Murdoch and Esther Kavanagh-Dixon have each got 40 points and Lesley Sinclair is not far behind on 30 points.

There are still 7 races to enter in the Winter Race Series which finishes with the Trafford 10k in March.

There are 20 points available for competing in the Three Halls of Stockport and 25 points for the Irwell Valley and remember that extra points can be awarded if you enter the MACCL at Woodbank and Wythenshawe.

The leaderboard can change dramatically with just one or two races so check out the list of races available in the series and get entering!!

The full list of entrants can be viewed on the noticeboard at the clubhouse.

Stockport Harriers Race Series 2018

- 9th Jan 2018

The 2018 race series has been announced on Stockport Harriers Facebook and updates on the website and noticeboard will follow.

The organiser, Tony Park states:

"This year we continue the tradition of having a blend of fell races, trail races and road races both short and long. We have added some old favourites such as the Boars Head and Buxworth 5...kept some traditional races which everyone seems to enjoy such as Offerton 10k, Charlesworth 5k, Bramhall Foodbank and Whaley Waltz...and added a few new races to keep things interesting like the Rivington Pike Fell (ouch!), the beautiful Yarrow River Bluebell Trail (stunning scenery), the re-established Kettleshulme Fell Race and the Leek Half Marathon.

The Race Series will also include the Helen Fraser Memorial Club Handicap. We have moved this to the summer on a Tuesday evening so as many people as possible can participate.

The Race Series will also have a best of five ParkRun event...this year at Hyde.

Finally, the Race Series starts with the Trafford 10k followed by the Poynton 10k...both these races are almost full so please book asap to confirm your place.

I will add all last years runners to the Race Series automatically. If any additional club runners would like to participate, then please let Tony know directly with your Run Britain ranking. The helps to place you in an appropriate division.

It is free to participate, you just have to be a member of SHAC and run in 8 races to many runners have already discovered, it's a great way to meet other club members and there is that famous mug to collect at the end."

If anyone has any questions then please get in touch with tonyparkconsulting [at] gmail [dot] com